Exploring the heights of a new life with strength

Whether you are a strengths novice or a seasoned practitioner, the VIA Institute's Courses will provide you with insights, strategies and solutions to reach your maximum potential.  VIA Courses equip you with the skills you need to begin your own journey, or guide others on their personal strengths journey.  Start with our Introductory Webinars and build to our Advanced Courses, including specialized courses on key topics.  Individualized one-on-one work called Character Strengths Coaching, with Dr. Ryan Niemiec (VIA Education Director) and Dr. Donna Mayerson (VIA Practice Director), supports you with a personalized approach to enhanced learning, exploration, and application. Not sure where to start? Contact us and we'll help find the right courses for you.

Introductory Webinars

Creating a Strength-Based Life

Character strengths for life

This two-session webinar provides introductory training for understanding, building and employing the fundamentals of a character strengths-based life. Learn how your life can change when you focus and apply your character strengths. Free VIA Me! Pathways Report and 30 minute Coaching session included with purchase of webinar. Sessions available on demand so start any time. Tuition: $100 USD

Pioneers Speaker Interviews

Character strengths speakers bureau

Explore our free Pioneer Speaker Interview library! Dr. Ryan Niemiec hosts a variety of experts on applying character strengths to the areas of: business, education, and coaching/counseling. Tuition: FREE

In-Depth Courses

Character Strengths at Work: Using strengths to engage employees, clients and students

Use character strengths to engage employees

This 7-session online on-demand course, specifically designed for professionals, provides a comprehensive exploration of the fundamentals of using strengths with others. Character Strengths at Work is entirely asynchronous and self-guided so you can start immediately and work at your own pace. **Recommended starting course for any VIA professional. Enroll and get started today!.  Tuition: $500 USD

Character Strengths at Work - Part 2: Advanced Practice

Character strengths at work Dona Mayerson character strengths

This four-week online interactive workshop provides an engaging and detailed study of the latest breakthrough strategies on character strengths and how to use them with clients and employees. Practice using a "strengths-based" approach with practical applications and the individualized guidance of two VIA experts. Tuition: $350 USD

Specialized Training

Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP)

Best character strength practices

An 8-week, interactive, online program that will help you develop and learn about mindfulness practices and character strengths practices. Preliminary research finds that MBSP boosts well-being, purpose, positive relationships, and engagement, and will help you deeply express your character strengths and manage problems. Tuition: $500 USD

Personalized character strengths coaching

Personalized character strengths coaching Donna Mayerson character coaching

Personal, individual coaching sessions with a VIA expert, who is also a certified coach, will guide you through developing and implementing strategies to reach your unique personal and professional goals. Sessions conducted by Skype or phone.  1 Session: $75 USD; 3 sessions: $150 USD


Developing Effective Teams: Using strengths to improve engagement, performance and satisfaction

Neal Mayerson character strengths

A 3-week on-demand course designed for professionals interested in applying strengths to motivate and empower teams. This training uses the VIA Team Report as a guide to the latest strengths applications and interventions for creating synergy and improving team functioning. Purchase the recorded webinars anytime and receive a free Team Report. Tuition: $175 USD